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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Stem Cell Case Has 'Immediate and Devastating' Impact, Says Research Group
3 September 2010 5:13 pm
A broad research coalition has formally weighed in on the stem cell case, urging Chief Judge Royce Lamberth to suspend his injunction last week halting human embryonic stem cell research. Lamberth faces a Tuesday deadline to make his decision after the Department of Justice (DOJ) on 31 August asked for an emergency stay. Late this afternoon, with a long weekend looming, the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR), an advocacy group that includes about 100 patient organizations, scientific societies, and foundations, filed an 11-page amicus brief hoping to tip the judge in that direction.
The CAMR brief focuses on two elements it says need to be considered in evaluating the injunction: the public interest in the case and the stay’s impact on patients. The coalition argues that if the judge’s injunction halting the research stands, “the result would be an immediate and devastating impact on ongoing research,” in part because researchers “will have no way to know when such activities may resume.” Because it already takes so long to transform basic scientific findings into actual treatments, the delay “inevitably will harm patients,” the coalition argues.
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